Our Team


Leslie Bourne

Founder & President

Leslie received her degree in Outdoor Education and Wilderness Skills from Ohio University and was the Training Director of Los Angeles Conservation Corps for eight years.  She is a masterful facilitator, program designer and presenter.  She founded Fulcrum Learning Systems In 1991 as a means of making the powerful life-changing Fulcrum experience available to more people. She has a letter from President Clinton for all of the work she completed in Los Angeles during the 90’s to help rebuild the community.

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Leo Vanwarmerdam

Managing Partner

Leo is from Sacramento, CA and graduated with a B.A. in Organizational Communication from San Diego State University.  For the past 20 years he work with Fulcrum facilitating experiences for over 100,000 participants in over 1,000 different schools, companies, and organizations. He is certified by the Association for Challenge Course Technology and is a graduate of Landmark Education.  Leo brings contagious energy as a facilitator and is known by his peers as the “Game Master.”  He is an avid traveler and resides in Venice, California. He is the castaway host on the CBS Show “Survivor".


James Linwood Paul

Founder & Executive Coach

Mr. Paul is committed to the art and neuroscience of "experience-based" learning. As a Certified International Coach Federation Integral Life Coach, and over 37 years of experience and success with dozens of change models, Linwood is masterful at delivering "grounded distinctions with power" to his clients. Spontaneous highly interactive group initiative experiences press the team into immediate and authentic demonstrations. They reveal core competencies that both serve and are lacking in its operating tactics and personal styles. Subsequent on the spot conversations known as "debriefs" lead to powerful declarations of unprecedented clarity. This "felt sense" approach results in real time commitments compelling direct transference to current organizational successes and challenges.


Philip Ozorkiewicz

Corporate Facilitator

Philip is a Double-Major graduate of the University of Kansas. Prior to Fulcrum, he played competitive rugby and started a sunglasses company, OJOS Eyewear. He is an active listener and facilitates with strength and compassion. Philip is responsible for the company's Risk Management and Staff Trainings. He is the Challenge Course Manager and certified according to ACCT Standards.


Heather S. Hafner

Executive Coach

Heather is a Training Specialist and Performance Consultant with over 20 years experience.  As a former professional volleyball player, she brings a passion for people and unique team perspective to her work. She has delivered courses to thousands of employees from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.  Her knowledge and inclusive approach make her an effective and respected leader, trainer and coach. 


Ruben Barajas

Corporate Facilitator

Ruben provides clients the benefit of his experience in non-profit management along with the skills they need. He leads dynamic workshops, trainings and personalized, in-depth assessments and strategies centered around building and maintaining excellence in leadership, boards, staff and overall culture, fund development, and strategic planning.·